The Q&A Archives: Common Name For Clematis Vine

Question: I recently purchased a white clematis with the Latin name "Lanuginosa Candida." Can you provide me with the common name of this clematis, and also any care information that you can? I have planted it to grow up a pole with my purple Jackmanii which is about 3 years old. I planted it on the opposite side of the pole so that the roots of the two would not be competing for nutrients and water but I want to twine the two together for contrast.

Thank you very much!

Answer: Your "Candida" clematis belongs to what is called the Lanuginosa Group of clematis vines, the group being identified as having C. lanuginosa as a parent. Most of these vines will bloom in June on wood from the previous year and again later in the season on the new growth for the current year. If you prune it back to about three feet in the spring, you would see a better flower display but later in the season. According to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" some of the vines in this group may produce double flowers on the old wood and single flowers on the new growth of the season. Other than pruning, the care would be the same as for your Jackman.

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